If you have eczema, you must struggle with applying makeup without causing irritation and itchiness. I feel your pain as I have worked with several clients who have sensitive skin. In this post, I want to share with you how you can still use makeup, look your best, regain your confidence and joy despite having this condition. Read on to learn more.
Choose the Right Products
When you have sensitive skin, it is very important that you get the very best makeup brand and products. You should talk to a dermatologist who can recommend safe products that can help to keep your skin moisturized and prevent it from being red, scaly and dry. Your moisturizer needs to be soothing and retain the moisture of your skin daily.
What Ingredients are Good/Safe for Your eczema-prone skin?
Shea Butter, Glycerin and Lanolin are moisturizing agents that are gentle and help repair your skin making it look healthier. Products high in oil content, such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil, are particularly good for treating eczema. But if you don’t like the way petroleum jelly, mineral oil or other ointments feels on your skin, the next best alternative is a cream. You must look for products that have natural ingredients such as neem oil and grapefruit seed extract.
What ingredients are Bad/Unsafe for your eczema-prone skin?
Chemicals in cosmetics such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or retinol must be avoided. Such products tend to dry out or irritate skin-prone eczema. Get rid of cosmetics that use preservatives to improve shelf-life such as methylparaben and butylparaben. These preservatives can cause inflammation.
Any kind of fragrance in your cosmetics however subtle or light can trigger irritation. Your safest bet is to use products marked safe for ‘sensitive skin’ on their packaging and preferably free of any perfume whatsoever.
Even for mascaras, choose the ones which are without dyes. For example Colorscience’s non-irritating mascara.
Fingers over Brushes
When applying makeup products, I suggest that you rely on your fingers more than brushes. Just wash and clean your hands thoroughly before using your fingers to apply the makeup. No rubbing instead uses a light dabbing to blend and spread the product on your face evenly. If brushes are not cleaned and maintained properly, they tend to accumulate bacteria, and we don’t want to expose an already sensitive eczema-prone skin to any harmful creatures.
Go for Airbrush Makeup
Alternately, you can go for airbrush makeup. I recommend, the paramedical airbrush makeup and air tanning techniques that allow you to evenly apply makeup and tanning colors safely to awkward areas anywhere on the body -- like the ears. Thus, you can even out the color of overly red or white ears. This is especially effective for those suffering from chronic skin inflammations, and those embarrassingly noticeable episodes of redness and skin flare-ups.
Kryolan Nebula airbrush foundation is long-lasting, light and easy to apply.
As another option, you can also try out the Dinair Airbrush foundations, Blushes, eyeshadows and eyeliners for a full face application and hence avoid brushes completely.
Don’t Forget to Remove
It is super important to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Build up of makeup overnight can further trigger skin inflammations or other bacterial activity. Use gentle cleaners that have natural ingredients such as coconut oil or jojoba to remove the day’s dirt and grime without harming the skin. Products that contain ingredients like aloe, glycerin, cactus extract, oat beta-glucan are also good for soothing and calming irritated skin. Make this the essential routine of your life to clean before you sleep. Micellar water contains glycerin and other surfactants that help remove dirt and oil while also providing hydration.
Reach out to me for a personalized consultation on how to do your makeup if you have eczema-prone skin. I will teach you the skills and guide you to the right products to use.
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